Support and Guidance for Female Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
16th June 2020
I have been blessed to work with many incredible women over the years in both my private healing practice and grief recovery work and a recurring theme has been that they so often put their own needs after those of others. I truly believe that when we love ourselves we prioritise our own wellbeing and this has a knock on effect. As business women we need to bring our A game and be in the best possible shape; physically, mentally and emotionally, and are therefore able to enjoy and fully participate in every area of our lives including our business.
The most important lesson I have learnt over the years is to trust my own inner voice or intuition and to take steps to ensure I always have the time and quiet space to clearly hear it. Empowering other women to trust their own intuition is something I am passionate about as it really is a game changer.
For many women there have been years of conditioning to believe there is something wrong with them, these messages may have been about; the way they looked, their grades at school, not having a partner, being told we they too opinionated, not having the right job or something else that made them feel less than they were. There may even have bene subconscious messages picked up from the female role models, which have carried in to adult life. None of these explanations ever diminished their worthiness and the only thing ever holding them back was an incorrect belief and beliefs can be changed. By making small changes in our thoughts and beliefs and by taking guided action we can really take care of ourselves, which in turn has a ripple effect in every area of our lives.
Being open to seeing our life journey and experiences differently and prioritising being kind to ourselves can help us to make changes which truly support who we are and open us up to new possibilities, baby step by baby step so we do not feel overwhelmed.
What does self-love mean to you? Please take a moment to ponder this question.
For me self-love includes; a daily routine where we take time out for ourselves so we can meet and take care of all of our needs including time to develop and listen to our inner voice and learn to fully embrace and accept ourselves. Here are some examples and ideas you may feel drawn to include in your self-care regimen:
Daily quiet meditation time for ten minutes or more, this could take the form of quiet time or a guided meditation depending on preference. This will support you in turning your inner voice from a whisper to a roar with commitment to regular practice.
Mindfulness in our daily routine from the moment we get out of bed. If we practice being in the present moment whilst we brush our teeth, take a shower and throughout the day with other set daily tasks when we are alone will support us in experiencing a greater sense of peace.
Gentle exercise such as yoga or another form of exercise where we really connect and tune into our bodies and allow them to move and stretch.
Taking time out to be in nature; walking or just being, feeling your feet on the earth connecting to the grounding energy will remind you of your connection to the universe.
Breathing deeply, taking some slow deep breathes in and out, really filling your lungs up with fresh air and breathing out fully will immediately make you feel more awake.
Practising gratitude helps to shift us quickly into a positive state of being. After a challenging day sometimes by thinking of just three things you are grateful for in your life can dramatically improve your mood considerably.
Get enough sleep and set yourself up for a peaceful night of sleep. This may be by having a cup of camomile tea, inhaling a calming aromatherapy oil, taking a warm bath or reading a happy easy book enabling you to switch off before you go to sleep.
Having a note pad and pen by the bed so if you do wake up thinking of something you need to do or feel inspired by you can write it down and let it go until the morning.
Drinking plenty of water, which always seems so simple, but if we are dehydrated it makes concentrating more difficult and can affect our mood and health.
Making time for a distance Reiki treatment if drawn. Reiki is a complementary therapy which uses the natural flow of energy for health and well-being and goes to where it is needed most, be that mind, body or spirit.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet that supports your health and well-being and supplements if you feel you would benefit from them.
Invest in natural health enhancing body and face products, which are ethically produced will make you feel and look good.
Wear clothes and jewellery that make you feel good and give you confidence. If you usually avoid colour consider injecting some into your life with accessories.
If you are holding grief in your heart and it is stopping you from moving forward seek help and support. I recommend the Grief Recovery Method, which covers more than 40 losses including; death of a loved one, divorce and redundancy.
Allowing ourselves to grow within our business is vital to keep us feeling fresh and enthusiastic and something that so many of us put on hold due to financial implications, time and other reasons but this is also vital as part of our self-care.
Working with a mentor or having supervision is a great way to feel supported and to have a different perspective from our own and this can have enormous value if we are working alone for most of the time.
Enrolling on a course that will help us grow, develop, hone or expand our current skill set.
Committing to a new way of working that will benefit us. This could be stopping mid-morning to take time out for a proper break where step away from our desk/ working environment.
Forming relationships and collaborations with other business women, who we resonate with and who have a shared goal.
Regularly checking in with ourselves to ensure we are practising self-kindness and self-compassion and not holding ourselves to unrealistic expectations.
Asking for help from friends and loved ones when we need it at times of increased work load, during projects or just because we need extra help.
Investing in ourselves by attending meetings or joining a networking club so we make new contacts and friends, who we can share our highs and lows with.
Please take a moment to breathe, ponder your work life balance as it is now and tune in to your inner voice. Is there one small step you can take today to take even better care of yourself?
By Tina Read, Expert Superwoman – Guidance & Support (Reiki and Recovery)